After much too-ing and fro-ing and undecided decision making a bunch of us headed to Naivasha to spend the Easter weekend.
Our transport, accommodation and even who was coming was up in the air until the last minute. Despite that, things fell into place and we eventually had a good time.
Naivasha is about 1.5 hours outside of Nairobi in an area of Central Province called the Rift Valley. It’s aptly named the Breadbasket of Kenya as much of the nation’s farming activity is located there. The volcanic terrain and slightly cooler temperatures reminded me a little bit of NZ.
On Friday morning Elliot, Vicky, Jono (a friend from church) and I hired a cab and headed out of town. We were met in Naivasha by Matt – another Kiwi mate who lives in Nakuru. There was much excitement, but concrete plans on what we were going to do there. That’s ok because we found stuff to do!
We hung out…
Went looking for Hippos at the famous Lake Naivasha…
Jono, Jacki and Iattempted to cycle through Hell’s Gate National Park on the Saturday.
Unfortunately we reached the limits of our fitness far too early and didn’t make it to the famous gorge that gave Hell’s Gate its name! We did see the Black Obsidian caves – which were nice, but considering the effort it took to get there, it was a wee bit of a let down… At least I got to ponder life a little bit.
We also glimpsed some amazing scenery and wildlife – Zebras, Gazelles, Antelope, Baboons, Wild Boar.
Jono and I were fortunate enough to crash at his friend’s place (Jacki) for the weekend and she really looked after us! She works for a nursery and lives in staff accommodation. Luckily it was next to some campsites, so we could hang out there during the day. When we weren’t at the campsites we were entertained by her neighbours.
Didn’t make it to Mt Longonot or Crescent Island WildLife Sanctury. We were limited by a lack of transport (and planning), but that’s ok because we’ll be back again!